African American men are 2.5 times as likely to die from prostate cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white men. Even more shocking…prostate cancer death is 100% preventable, when diagnosed early.

The risk of an enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, increases about 4 percent a year after age 55. By age 60, half of men will have BPH. That number jumps to 95 percent by age 85

While prostate cancer death is preventable, it’s also relatively simple to prevent prostate cancer from showing up in the first place. Lifestyle habits, including health eating, play a crucial part of this.

What Does Diet Have To Do With It?

A recent article in a medical journal looked at the effects of diet and supplements on prostate health. The following lifestyle factors were associated with a lower risk of BPH: High level of physical activity and no “belly fat”

• A low-fat diet

• Five or more servings of vegetables a day

• Two glasses of alcohol a day

Specific nutrients should include:

• Vitamin C from vegetables was associated with lower risk. Vegetables highest in vitamin C include bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, snow or snap peas, cauliflower, kale and tomato or vegetable juices.

• Foods higher in zinc also seemed to be beneficial. These include oysters, crab, baked beans, duck, lamb and beef (lean).

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